Updated: Jul 2
I always enjoy an afternoon in quaint little Georgetown. The azaleas popping and the smell of fresh mowed grass in the air was a reminder that spring has sprung! It was still a tad chilly, but nonetheless it was a gorgeous day. Add in some retail therapy, lunch and a few Aperol spritz’s and it was a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina. Its located on the Winyah Bay where the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw and Sampat rivers meet. You will find it between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. It is the second largest seaport in South Carolina, coming in behind Charleston. Back in the colonial days, Georgetown was the main center of Indigo and rice production. Later the timber industry became very important, and you can see the big paper mill from the wharfs ( and sometimes smell it too!)
Georgetown goes back to 1526, where a Spanish expedition landed there. However they didn’t stick around for various reasons. The next settlers were English Colonists in 1670.
It was officially incorporated in 1729, and was once the commercial center of an indigo and rice producing area. During the American Revolution, Thomas Lynch Sr. and Thomas Lynch Jr., father and son Georgetown planters, signed the Declaration of Independence. In the final years of the conflict, Georgetown was an important port for supplying Gen. Nathanael Greene’s army. Francis Marion, better known as the “Swamp Fox,” led many guerrilla actions in the vicinity.
In 2018, USA Today named “Georgetown Americas Best Coastal Small Town” saying it's what Charleston used to be. 200-year-old homes (more than Charleston, in fact), scenic plantations, lots of Southern charm, with none of the crowds.